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Why Soluble & Insoluble Fiber Are Important For Hernia Surgery Recovery

Fiber rich foods Groin and Pelvic Pain Institute

Hernia surgery recovery will consist of a lot of sleep, low movement, and rest to allow your body time to heal. However, your diet is also a huge part of your recovery plan. What types of foods should you eat following your hernia surgery? Keep reading to find out!

What is Soluble Fiber?

Soluble fiber is important to include in any diet, however, for those recovering from hernia surgery, it’s essential to include foods that are rich in soluble fiber. Soluble fiber dissolves in the digestive tract and can improve your blood glucose and cholesterol levels.

What is Insoluble Fiber?

Insoluble fiber is critical to include in your hernia surgery recovery diet, as it is not absorbed or digested in the body. It moves into the colon, binds with water in your system, and soaks up waste like a sponge before slowly removing the waste from the body.

The Importance of Fiber Rich Diets

Following your hernia surgery, some of the most important foods you can incorporate into your diet are rich in fiber. Why? 

Soluble fiber improves the digestive system by reducing your blood glucose levels and lowering cholesterol levels. Soluble fiber helps improve heart health and can prevent the development of diseases like diabetes and heart disease.

Insoluble fiber works to prevent constipation, which can be dangerous for hernia surgery recovery because it can add pressure to the groin and pelvic area. Essentially, insoluble fiber gets things moving, promoting healthy bowel movements and preventing constipation. Improving digestive processes during hernia surgery recovery is essential.

However, according to Healthline, it’s important to get the right amount of both soluble and insoluble fiber to avoid bloating and abdominal pain. 

Foods Rich in Soluble & Insoluble Fiber

There are many foods that are rich in soluble and insoluble fiber, as well as, many different ways you can incorporate fiber into your diet. Following your surgery with The Groin and Pelvic Pain Institute, our doctor will talk with you about your post hernia surgery recovery and which foods to include into your diet.

Soluble rich foods include:

  • Black beans
  • Kidney beans
  • Brussels sprouts
  • Avocados
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Broccoli
  • Carrots
  • Apples
  • Flax seed
  • Oats

Insoluble rich foods include:

  • Brown rice
  • Potatoes
  • Celery
  • Cucumbers
  • Lentils
  • Amaranth
  • Peas
  • Leafy greens
  • Blackberries
  • Nuts

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